On this blog I post reviews and write in detail about books and all the bookish things in my life. I’ve written about my thoughts on reading ‘diversity’what it’s like to visit bookstores in Saudi Arabia and also about that one time when it felt wrong to read.

But it’s really on my Instagram that I post the day to day details of my reading adventures. On Instagram I share updates on my current reads, reviews and book mail.

Other places you can follow me:

Twitter: @sumaiyyabooks

Litsy: @sumaiyya.books

Snapchat: @sumaiyya.books

Contact: sumaiyyanaseem@gmail.com

2017 Reading Goals:

  • Exploring crime fiction and thrillers.
  • Reading more works by Japanese authors.
  • Reading all my 80 Little Black Classics.
  • Not focussing on the number of books I read.

2017 Reading Goals Update:

  • 106 books read, goal was 100!

My Reading Challenge for 2016 is 100 books. It’s a great way to motivate myself to read, but most of all it lets me know if I’ve been lazy or not.

Updated Writing Goals:

I’m currently working on short stories and a novel.

Dream Job:

I’m an Editor at Destination Jeddah magazine, which is pretty much my dream job! However, I’d love to work as an Editor for a publisher.

I’d love to know about what you’ve been reading!

– Sumaiyya ❤️

Bookworm Sumaiyya reading at Starbucks.

27 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. hahah wow, so totally love how you mentioned button poetry AND Michael Lee :”)
    (confession: he’s one of my favourite’s too! and ahh Phil Kaye? ^_^ ). Also, wow#2, It’s always a joy finding other writing/reading/poetry/english-fanatics here in KSA, a country that’s become my home away from home 🙂 A slam poetry session here is like at the top of my wish list. 😀
    Oh and lastly wow#3, can’t wait to check out the rest of this little gem of a blog! Cheers.

    1. Hello tikererofwords!
      You comment made me smile 16 days of ago and again today when I remembered I had to reply 🙂
      I love Phil Kaye!! Please do recommend me your favorite poetry readings/readers! 😀
      It’s wonderful to connect with people who are like me. And I’m so glad you reached out. I’ll check out your blog as soon as I am free, Uni keeps me super busy. 😀
      Thanks again!!

      1. hahaha well I’m smiling, knowing that I made you smile 😀 And yes DEFINITELY know the feel where there just aren’t enough hours in a day for your blogger life 😦 But no worries, you’re welcomed anytime on my little blog 😉

        hmm not really poetry related but, the first author that I can think of is Markus Zusak? He’s the author of this extremely well written book called “The Book Thief” which I reckon you might have heard of? 🙂 And then obviously George Orwell’s “1984” is one of my favourites too!

        Oh and JUST remembered one spoken poetry performance that you gotta check out:

        I, personally, was awestruck after watching it. :’) Let me know if you liked it?

        Anyways, hahah think I’ll end this uselessly long comment now XD Sorry but I ramble a lot.
        So you’re most welcome 🙂

  2. Hello Sumaiyya!

    I am book-a-holic\ book blogger from UAE and I loved your insta account and your blog so much. Keep up the great job.

  3. If you want to read a real book. Read “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was literally the nest book, I have ever read my entire life, definitely worth reading

      1. I have read all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books, he’s my fav author!! Like LITERALLY my fav author EVER! Haha
        The shadow of the wind broke my heart, I loved it!

  4. Love to read your “about” page Sumaiyya and glad to find an interesting blog such as yours. I will be following you avidly 🙂
    Keep going wish you all success

  5. Happy to know more about a young girl totally into literature. Since I was a B.A student of English lit, I know how you might be overloaded with works of university ( I could not keep up with that and I had to leave many pieces I was writing at that time). But it is amazing that you still continue writing for different departments, sharing your love of country, culture and also literature. You asked about the best book. But I consider it as an impossible task at the end. Among all the authors I have read of, though I’m a huge fan of postmodernism and sci-fi, I still have not found anyone as accomplished and amazing in the art of writing as I found Vladimir Nabokov. He is my top of cream, no matter how many books I continue to read and I enjoy.
    I wish you greatest of success and would be happy to know that one day such a young bright woman has turned out to be a great writer in a cottage replete with cats 🙂

  6. Hello, Sumaiyya. Loved your introduction. I love reading Paris Review interviews too. Although securing it in book stores is a little difficult here in Mumbai because they are expensive and also unavailable. Like you, I love exploring book stores in my city and others that I am travelling to, often ending my sojourn in a bag full of books. I love reading travelogues, especially about architecture of cities and one such memorable book that I cherish is Mary McCarthy’s “Stones of Florence.” Orhan Pamuk and William Dalrymple are other authors whose works I love and books I collect. I have been reading a lot of Gender Studies material and feminist prose is my absolute favourite genre. Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis is a good book for feminist studies. I adore poetry books and my most beloved copy is a bilingual edition of Jorge Luis Borges’s Selected Poems. Poets like Kamala Das, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Christina Rossetti have me under a spell right now. I recommend you their works.
    I feel so good to come across your blog here. Here’s to more writing from you and fulfillment of your editorial dreams. 🙂

    Best Wishes and Regards,

  7. Just stumbled across your IG feed and blog and am filled with nostalgic longing to pick up a book. One of those tales that doesn’t allow you to stop or sleep or rest until you are done. Look forward to following your posts in the future!

    If you’re trying out fantasy this year, have a look at the following:

    The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
    Mordant’s Need – Stephen Donaldson

    You won’t regret it.

    Iron clad guarantee.

  8. Oh man! How come I was to late to knowing you.
    Everything you say about books and the way you’re passionate about it resembles my feelings exactly. Books are my escape from reality. I’m a linguist and I just graduated so I know the love of books and language.
    I would really like to recommend a book to you.
    It’s ‘The Best of Me’ by Nicholas Sparks.
    P.S. I’m not even joking. I wanna live in a cottage in a very small town in Europe surrounded by green fields and small bookshops downtown 🤓

  9. Love following you on Instagram. Any advice for those wanting to self publish a kindle and paperback? Is amazon the best way forward? And please do check out my blog!


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